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AS and A Level: Henrik Ibsen

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  1. How does the character of Nora Helmer develop during Act Two?

    When Nora says, "Why, I've got three small children", the audience is reminded of Torvald's opinions on criminal mothers and Nora's fearful reaction at the end of Act One, giving Ibsen the perfect opportunity to show how this has developed. When Nora calmly tells Anne-Marie that she would not be "able to spend so much time with them", the audience is aware of the reasoning behind this statement, although Ibsen does not make this explicit through Nora's fragmented monologues. However, Nora begins to hint at another plan which the audience is ignorant of.

    • Word count: 1000
  2. Confinement and self-liberation in 'A Doll's House'

    In addition to this, the image of doors in A Doll's House contributes significantly in conveying Nora's internment within her home. For example, the opening stage direction describes a main living room - providing the focus of the dramatic action - with four doors; one leads to Torvald's study, and represents patriarchal authority, one leading to the nursery, representing her responsibilities as a mother, and one leading to the outside world, offering Nora the prospect of liberation. Doors are used throughout the play to reinforce her confinement within her home.

    • Word count: 1829
  3. Confinement and self-liberation in 'Hedda Gabler'

    Typically symbolising creativity and a mode of personal expression, it is significant that it is moved from the drawing-room to Hedda's smaller room - a visual representation of her mind and inner thoughts - symbolising the repression of her creative 'self'. Through the tightly controlled setting of Hedda Gabler, Ibsen effectively portrays the restriction of Hedda in her house, thus confirming the audience's interpretation of Hedda as a prisoner. In addition to this, the 'french windows' are a specific aspect of the setting which contributes significantly in emphasising Hedda's confinement within her home and her desire to be emancipated from the restrictions imposed on her, as with doors in A Doll's House.

    • Word count: 1591
  4. A Dolls house Language

    By doing this I discovered things like the play was firstly written in Norwegian and then translated into many languages along with many more complex things. Back in lessons I was doing tasks that specifically looked at the language in the play. For example before rein acting a scene from the play the whole class gathered in a circle to do a warm up exercise which evolved around the line; "What did you do to die today at a minute or two to two, a thing distinctly hard to say but a harder thing to do".

    • Word count: 1092
  5. My Production Notes on A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen.

    Nora likes to spend and buy pretty things. Where as Helmer is more concerned, as he is the man of the house and in charge of money and manly duties like work. Helmer then asks Nora if she has been into the sweet shop she lies him to him and says no. This shows she is under pressure to be slim for her husband and also that she doesn't always tell him the truth It is Christmas Eve and Mrs Linde an old friend of Nora arrives at the door.

    • Word count: 1694

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